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Nature vs. pharma (recipe)

By Alex Du Toit, Earthie Mama
August 04, 2015

(NaturalNews) The recent signing by California Governor Jerry Brown of the mandatory vaccination bill SB 277 has many far reaching implications and consequences for those on both sides of the vaccination coin, ‘COIN’ being the operative word. It’s no secret that Big Pharma generates billions of dollars each year on vaccines (that may or may not work), and some of that money is funneled into politicians’ pockets so as to ensure the mutual support of lawmakers and vaccine manufacturers. Under the impression that they’re keeping us safe from terrible diseases, Big Pharma has convinced a large portion of the global population that the best line of defense against these diseases is the thousands of manufactured medications they’ve created in a lab. There is no doubt that sometimes a need exists for these medications, but nature provides us with some pretty potent natural antibiotics, oils and alternatives.

Your body is your best defense

Ensuring you have a strong and well supported immune system is your best defense against disease. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have existed alongside dangerous viruses and bacteria, and while many have died from them, many more have survived, and without the use of modern meds. When the people of the past got sick, they found the cure by combining what they found around them in nature. When the people of the future get sick, they may not have that option.

Here is a list (recipe below) of seven of nature’s most powerful antibiotics that everyone should have in their homes.

Garlic is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Unlike chemical antibiotics that kill off millions of friendly bacteria that your body needs, garlic only targets the invading bacteria and even promotes and increases your healthy bacteria. Garlic is also a powerful anti-fungal and literally destroys any antigen, pathogen and any harmful or causing micro-organism.

Onion is garlic’s next of kin and has similar but milder action. Together they are a tremendous fighting duo.

Horseradish is a potent herb for the sinus and lungs. It opens up the sinus passages and increases the circulation there where, as most doctors agree, the common cold and influenza often starts.

Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a tremendous circulatory stimulant.

Habanero and other hot peppers are the most powerful circulatory propellant known. It simply sends the antibiotic and disease fighting properties of the other herbs where they’re needed most.
Turmeric clears infection and reduces inflammation inside of the body. It blocks cancer from developing. It is especially helpful for joint pain.

Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented and undergo a stringent process to create the final product. The vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine. It is claimed that apple cider vinegar is helpful in ailments such as constipation, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, high blood pressure, obesity, along with a host of many other ailments.

Master Tonic Recipe


32 oz. bottle organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup onions
1 Habanero pepper (or hottest peppers you can find)
1/4 cup grated ginger
2 Tablespoons of grated horseradish
2 Tablespoons of
or 2 turmeric root chunks

For immediate use:

  • Blend ingredients together for a couple of minutes
  • Strain
  • Pour liquid back in bottle

Ideal method:

  • Make this tonic on the New moon
  • Chop all of the ingredients and put in a jar
  • Pour apple cider vinegar until all ingredients are submerged
  • Leave it in a dark place until the Full Moon
  • Strain and bottle

If you don’t want to make it yourself you can buy it here at


About the author:
Alex is a TRUE Earthie Mama, helping others tune into their most natural state while bringing harmony and balance into all areas of their lives in order to THRIVE. Alex has a well-known blog on health, wellness, conscious parenting, green living and getting off the grid to self-sustainability.



Are Aquaponics and Hydroponics Better than Organic?

Many are mad at recent organic classification

By Ella James
July 30, 2015


One of the most recent decisions made by US Department of Agriculture has been branded as controversial and led to numerous disputes and arguments. The USDA decided to give an organic label to produce that is grown in controlled, water-based environments. The decision to label aquaponics and hydroponics as organic .

Should aquaponics and hydroponics be considered as “organic†vegetables?

When the word “organic†is mentioned, people usually associate it with food that is healthful, safe, and produced in an environment which wasn’t “ruined†with various chemicals, pesticides etc.

However, it should be noted that organic doesn’t always mean some product is 100% organic and standards vary from country to country. For example, the US Department of Agriculture determines what is considered organic in the United States. Some products can be 95% or 100% organic, while others are 70% or less. However, it is mandatory to write that on the label.


It belongs to hydroculture and is a way of growing plants in water, without soil. The plants are able to grow in this environment because their roots are in the mineral nutrient solution.


Aquaponics food production process that includes conventional aquaculture (raising fish, crayfish, and prawns in tanks) and hydroponics in one combined environment.

The Advantages of Hydroponics and Aquaponics

These two methods of growing plants and disadvantages. Some advantages include:

  • No soil-borne insects
  • No digging, no back pain
  • No pests
  • Reduction in the usage of water
  • Plants grow faster
  • Since the plants grow in water, you can’t underwater or overwater the plants and possibly cause damage.
  • Just like water, fertilizing is also integral to these systems.

Disadvantages of Hydroponics and Aquaponics Include:

  • The tank where the water and fish are becomes polluted frequently which results with high levels of ammonia.
  • Expensive to set up.
  • In order to have a aquaponics system, you also need a greenhouse. Hydroponics require a lot of space as well, and not many people have enough room for them.
  • The aquaponics method requires a lot of electric energy. Basically, with the expensive price of setting up, and high electric bill, it is sometimes not financially practical to use this method of growing plants.
  • You don’t have to spend your money on fertilizers, but you do need to invest into fish food.
  • Water quality has to be monitored all the time.
  • You don’t have to dig, but these methods require a lot of maintenance.

What Do Experts Say?

According to experts and critics of the USDA’s decision to label this produce as organic, there is a huge difference between plants that grow in this environment and plants that grow in soil.

First of all, plants that grow in aquaponics and hydroponics methods depend on what people put in the water. Additionally, if the quality of water isn’t monitored properly, it can decrease the value of produce.

Moreover, according to Jeff Moyer, farm director of the Rodale Institute, plants that grow in water don’t have same level of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients as plants that grow in soil, as plants need soil in order to develop properly.

What do defenders of this plant production methods say?

Defenders of aquaponics claim that plants produced in this way have the same value as plants produced in soil. Owner of aquaponic farm from Cocoa, Florida, Al Eisler claims that the only ingredients he adds to water are fish food and some minerals. The plants grow by feeding of the wastes that are produced by fish which is, according to him, a completely natural process. (The galactics have hydroponic gardens on their craft so there is way to do it right. –MrT.)


Although the decision made by the USDA to label aquaponics and hydroponics as organic didn’t receive positive reactions, people are able to buy plants grown in this system under the organic food label. However, this decision poses more questions than answers and emphasized the need to create measures that would regulate water-based systems.

Additionally, it is of extreme importance to conduct studies that would inspect these plants and determine whether they really have the same nutritional value as plants grown in soil.





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